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Tree sparrow

Passer montanus

Description:
About 13 centimetres long, the tree sparrow has a red-brown crown and white cheeks with dark patches. The upper parts are light brown, streaked with black, and the brown wings have white bars.

Habitat:
Tree sparrows do not migrate and can be found throughout Europe in open woodland, usually near cultivated land or human habitation, as well as around houses and gardens.

Habits:
The tree sparrow typically builds its nest of hay, grass or wool in a tree hollow or rock cavity. It feeds on seeds and grain, eating on the ground in flocks. Nestlings are fed on invertebrates such as woodlice, centipedes and spiders.

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